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KAI Japanese Language School

KAI makes you improve real communication

Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a reputable Japanese language school in Tokyo certified by the IALC (International Association of Language Centres). Since our foundation, we've attracted students from about 40 countries, who use Japanese as the common language of communication both in and out of the classroom. At KAI, students live Japanese! Our two main programs cover most people. First, the General Course, targets students aiming to master Japanese, while the Practical Conversation Course is a conversation program on a shorter-term basis. In addition, we offer summer courses, 50+ course and private lessons for both individuals and corporates.

Free classroom observation, level check test and counseling.

- General Course (intensive & communication oriented)
- Practical Conversation Course (flexible & conversation focused)
- Summer courses (Grammar & Conversation and JLPT)
- 50+ Course (language & culture for senior learners)
- Private Lessons (for both individual & corporate clients)

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Address:
Miyuki Bldg., 1-15-18, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0072
TEL:
03-3205-1356
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Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Visualize your Japanese

Founded in 1975, Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute has reached its 40th anniversary in Japanese language education this year. From its start, SNG has strove to perfect its visual learning Japanese methods with cards of various colors and shapes. In light of this tradition, at SNG you may also now enjoy its new online contents, the VLJ, with extensive grammar exercises, self-quizzes, vocabulary and practical grammar explanations by the method's founder. Why not come and visualize your Japanese at SNG? You can download free sample applications via your smartphone!
Android
iOS

Our students receive discount school cards and discounted commuter passes

- Intensive Weekday Courses
- Business Japanese Course
- Tourism Business Japanese Course
- Short Courses (Summer,etc.)
- Off-campus Cooperate Business Japanese Training, and others.

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Address:
2-9-7 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075
TEL:
03-5273-0044
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Coto Japanese Language Academy

Fun and Effective Conversational Japanese Lessons

Are you ready to enjoy studying Japanese? Coto Language Academy is the perfect place to up your conversational skills! Located in the heart of Tokyo with fun learning as a motto, Coto offers small classes to all levels, flexible schedules and 3 types of courses: Intensive, Part-Time and Private. Catering to our students that are usually English speaking and either long-term residents or short-term visitors, we use original materials to teach real life practical Japanese. Our professional English-speaking staff coupled with our friendly school atmosphere will ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience!

Free level check, trial lesson and counseling offered.

- Intensive Course - conversational level Japanese in just four weeks
- Nihongo Plus! - pick and choose the best lessons for you
- JLPT Course - master the JLPT with our prep course
- Private Lessons - one on one direct instruction with our qualified teachers
- Dispatch Lessons - one on one instruction at home or the office

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Address:
1F/3F Iidabashi building, 4-9-4 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0072
TEL:
03-6261-4515
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Academy of Language Arts

JAPANESE FOR COMMUNICATION!!

Founded in 1984, Academy of Language Arts (ALA) is located in the heart of Tokyo and renowned for its history. Enhancing learners' conversation skills has been our main educational objective since our foundation. In our general conversation course, learners study in a relaxed multinational environment. ALA is a highly reputable language institute that specializes in business Japanese training, develops and conducts the TCCB (Test of Communication Competence in Business). We offer a multitude of programs to meet your goals. Hone your business Japanese skills with our private and company lessons. Whatever your language goals may be, ALA will help you reach them!

Student visa application is available for the course starting in October 2017

- Short-term conversation course (Intensive / part-time)
- Student visa acquirable course (Intensive / 6 months ~)
- Private lessons/In-company lessons (General / Business)
- Test of Communication Competence in Business (TCCB)
- 外国人社員育成コース

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Address:
No.2 Tobundo Bldg., 2-16, Ageba-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0824
TEL:
03-3235-0071
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ALPHA Japanese Language Institute

ALPHA's Successful History since 1987

ALPHA Japanese Language Institute was established in central Tokyo in 1987. The school is held in high regard by diplomats, educators, lawyers and international firms from various fields such as finance, IT, trading and tourism. More than 500 businesspeople from over 50 countries, especially those from Western countries, have studied at our school. We are specialized in one-on-one and small group lessons. This teaching approach allows for customization of the lesson plans according to your needs and goals. We are confident that with ALPHA's support all students will meet with success!

Inquire through The Japan Times Online and the registration fee will be waived until April 30th, 2017.

Private Lessons
Intensive Course
Premium Wednesday Course
Business Training
日本語教師養成講座

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Address:
〒105-0001 2F Jitsugyou Kaikan Honkan 1-1-20 Toranomon, Minato, Tokyo
TEL:
03-3504-8080
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SAMU Language School

Reach your full potential!

SAMU Language School was founded in 1986 to cultivate international students who are interested in learning Japanese language and culture. Since the founding of the school, SAMU Language School has produced thousands of graduating students. The school provides excellent Japanese language curricula with opportunities to learn about Japanese culture and history. Academics and general guidance and support for higher education are available to help students be at ease while studying. Students from all over the world come to SAMU Language School to learn practical "living" Japanese and work toward their dreams and goals.

Individual Application: Screening Fee & Entrance Fee Discount

Long Term Course (1.3~2 years)
Short Term Course (1~3 months) : Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter course
Special Course

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Address:
2-1-6 Hyakunin-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0073
TEL:
+81-3-3205-2020
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Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin
JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (JLI)

School for practical and business Japanese

Founded in 1967 by the nonprofit International Education Center, JLI has attracted more than 9,000 students from over 90 countries. The features of JLI are: 1) stressing Japanese conversation skills with practical application for business and daily situations; 2) utilizing user-friendly original textbooks written in both Japanese and English (Basic to Pre-intermediate); 3) learning Japanese via TV news and dailies, honing writing and presentation skills (intermediate to advanced); 4) targeting business people, job seekers, families of expats, spouses of Japanese and other adult learners. JLI is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo, a five-minute walk from Yotsuya Station.

Try-out Lesson: You may come and observe the class of your choice for regular as well as part-time programs before you sign up.

- Regular Program (Daytime Intensive): Mon. through Fri., 9:00 - 12:20
- Early Morning Course: One or two days a week, 60 min. per lesson
- Evening Courses: One or two days a week, 90 to 120 min. per lesson
- Saturday Course: 120 - 180 min. per lesson

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Address:
1-50 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo (160-0004)
TEL:
+81-3-3359-9600
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Tokyo Central Japanese Language School(TCJ)

Realizing your dreams with Japanese! For your future career all the support you'll need is here.

Established in 1988, Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ) has been engaged in "cross-cultural communication" through Japanese-language education. Students will get to study in the same building as Japanese students who are studying to become Japanese teachers. It's a great environment for those learning Japanese! We are conveniently located only 2 minutes from Shinjuku Station. You can choose from several courses and curricula are designed to match a variety of needs. Get in touch to arrange a trial lesson and take a test to check your level ? both are absolutely free!

Student visa application is available for the term of April 2017.

- International Student Course (over 1 year)
- Short-Term International Course (3 months)
- Daily Course (Minimum 4 weeks)
- Summer Course
- Goal-Oriented Courses(Business Japanese Course, JLPT Special Prep Course, Private Lessons)

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Address:
4F, 5F, 6F Toshin Shinanomachi-Ekimae Bldg., 34, Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0016
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(81)3-3354-5001
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What does your school do to help students learn Japanese culture?

SAMU Language School

SAMU Language School
Aya Kumazawa
Admissions Office Admissions Assistant/Student Advisor

Why did you start learning Japanese? It might be because you dreamed of working and living in Japan one day. Or, maybe because you loved Japanese music, animation or manga. International students have a variety of reasons for coming to study Japanese, but in fact, many of them are fascinated by Japan's rich culture and begin to study Japanese so that they can gain a deep understanding of Japanese culture and history. During your stay in Japan, however, you could be overwhelmed with your study or part-time jobs and may not have much time to gain cultural experience. SAMU Language School offers various cultural events to our students to help them immerse themselves into Japanese culture as we believe that the knowledge of culture and history of the country helps you better understand its people. There are many culture experience classes such as kimono, ikebana, calligraphy, sushi-making, etc. We also organize school trips in the Tokyo area and sometimes go further to Kusatsu Onsen and enjoy skiing! Let's study Japanese at SAMU Language School and make the most of your study abroad experience together!!

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School(TCJ)

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School(TCJ)
Matsuda Yukiyoshi
Manager, Student Service Department

TCJ offers various events and activities, including a New Year's shrine visit, cherry blossom viewing, BBQ, field trips, emergency evacuation training and interaction with Japanese junior high school students. We also introduce seasonal events of Japan, such as the bean-throwing, doll and star festivals. You can learn about Japanese culture, customs and society, and get to know how Japanese people think and act through these opportunities, which are only available at a language schools like ours, and that is why we make a strong effort for them. You can also make friends with classmates from 40 countries.

The school also has "Japanese Teacher Training Course" in the same building, and many Japanese people join this course to become a Japanese language teacher in the future. You will have interactions with these Japanese students during break time, in which you will have chances to practice Japanese conversation, and ask them for help to correct your Japanese. They may also become your good friends to teach you various aspects of Japan, from our traditional customs to the latest fashion and pop culture.

What does your school do to help students learn Japanese language for their daily lives?

Coto Japanese Language Academy

Coto Japanese Language Academy
Tomoko Ogami
Teacher

Coto Academy offers our students a relaxed and fun environment where learning Japanese enriches their daily lives to give them a great experience. We have a variety of classes available so you can choose what works best for you: flexible, part-time group classes to practice conversation, intensive courses to improve your speaking and writing skills and private lessons to study at your own pace. We also host monthly cultural events for our student community to experience the best of Japan! We provide support for one and all, to help improve your conversation skills to make your life in Japan richer and more enjoyable.

What does your school do to help students with job hunting?

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI Japanese Language School
Munezai Yo
School Administrative Director

As the Japanese society and workplace environment become more globalized, the number of students interested in building a career in Japan has steadily increased at our school. To support these students, we offer a system called "ASK" where they can seek guidance regarding their career, higher education, current Japanese study and life in Japan. Career support requests are handled by a certified career consultant, who provides essential information and tips crucial for job hunting in Japan through career seminars and individual counseling.

In addition, we will begin offering a new Business Japanese program in April. Our program is compliant with the course guidelines issued by Nisshinkyo, the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education. General course students at KAI can take business-related classes to prepare not only for job hunting, but also for working in Japan. Students who complete the required Business Japanese lessons will receive the Nisshinkyo Business Japanese (NBJ) certificate in addition to our General Japanese course certificate.

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)
Shinichi Kitamura
SNG employment counselor

Japan is a country with many job opportunities, however, it is not so easy to find which job best fits you.

At Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute, we not only help students to acquire Japanese language ability, but also give them advice and support to find a job.

We tell our students about the traditional Japanese employment system and the way of thinking about careers in Japan, most of which are unique to this country (such as traditions of life-time employment, recruiting batches of new graduates, etc.). We will help them get a better idea of the current employment situation in Japan and give the right advice according to what kind of job they are looking for. SNG job counselors will support students to find their own strengths and where to focus when finding the right job for them among hundreds of job openings.

Job-opening information sent to the school will be posted on the school notice board.

We will provide interview practice or give advice and a job history according to the job to which they would like to apply. We also regularly organize employment information sessions.

ALPHA Japanese Language Institute

ALPHA Japanese Language Institute
Genki Kajiura
Principal

ALPHA Japanese Language Institute was established in central Tokyo in 1987. The school is held in high regard by diplomats, educators, lawyers and international firms from various fields such as finance, IT, trading and tourism. More than 500 businesspeople from over 50 countries, especially those from Western countries, have studied at our school. ALPHA offers Japanese lessons at all levels, from beginner to advanced: for career, business and academic purpose, including daily and business conversation, exam preparation and company training. We offer small group or one-on-on lessons to meet the wide-ranging needs of each and every student. Students could customize their lesson plan flexibly according to their tight schedules. Our teachers are qualified and experienced with various social and international backgrounds. We also have conducted Training Courses for teachers of Japanese language with a curriculum based on models from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. We are confident that students could find the teacher skilled in certain area that they need. We have 30 years of trust and achievement that will support you to obtain your goal.

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin, JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (JLI)

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin, JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (JLI)
Yuta Shibano
JLI Office

Most of the students at JLI are adult learners of Japanese. Many of them are businesspeople or have business backgrounds; some are university or post-graduate students. Whether they are working or not, their aim is "to acquire business Japanese," which is very useful in their workplace, as well as for job-hunting in Japan. To enhance JLI's unique offerings, we are publishing original textbooks focusing on business communication, including business manners. From basic to advanced levels, students engage in practical communication practice in a business setting in accordance with their ability level (please see the textbook column).

Our teachers are professionals who have years of experience teaching business and daily Japanese communication. Our class size is small, with an average of 10 students and a maximum of 14 students per class.

JLI's parent organization is the International Education Center (IEC), established in 1947. In addition to JLI, IEC promotes non-profit cross-cultural activities, such as The International Speech Contest in Japanese, co-sponsored by The Japan Foundation and backed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Agency of Cultural Affairs. The contest is broadcast on NHK E-Tele and speech videos can be viewed on our website.

Academy of Language Arts

Academy of Language Arts
Ichiro Asami
A Career coordinator

ALA has developed an original system to give our students access to full-time job opportunities. Every year around 30 students find employment at Japanese companies in over 10 different industries. We have managed to keep the rate of employment of our students significantly higher than the national average. In addition, we do not require additional fees for individual counseling nor do we have any hidden course fees. While our students learn communicative Japanese in our regular course, they have access to services such as 1. Working visa seminar, 2. Individual interview, 3. Resume writing assistance, 4. Job interview practice, 5. Employment referral of a Japanese company that matches the student's expertise, 6. Referral of recruitment companies affiliated with ALA, 7. Working visa application support, 8. Post-employment support. We provide all of our students equal access to these services.

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Tokyo Central Japanese Language School(TCJ)

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School(TCJ)

The good location, reasonable tuition fees and the visa support system made me decide to enter TCJ!

There were 3 main reasons why I chose TCJ.

The location is great. Also, the tuition is cheaper than other schools and they provide me with visa application support.

I studied Japanese independently for four years before coming to Japan, but I was not able to speak it well. The lessons at TCJ were more exciting than studying by myself.

The class environment was multicultural and I made friends with students from China, Vietnam and Nepal. Communicating with them in Japanese enriched my listening and speaking skills.

I had difficulties learning grammar and kanji, but I was eventually able to pass the JLPT N3 test. The teachers will support you to the best of their abilities.

- JAMES JOSEPH SEYMOUR , 28, USA

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Academy of Language Arts

Academy of Language Arts

Become fluent in Japanese

Our educational aim is that learners become able to not only gain Japanese knowledge and understand Japanese, but also communicate well in Japanese. We provide practical training with our students in order for them to use it in actual society once they learn something new. Even if leaners start from zero level in Japanese, we assure that they have fluency in Japanese as of their graduation. Therefore our graduates have acquired good communication skills at ALA.

We have offered Japanese language education for practical communication consistently since our foundation. It has resulted in extremely high evaluations in the training of global human resource development for Japanese companies.

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Coto Japanese Language Academy

Coto Japanese Language Academy

Amazing school!

"You can tell by the quality of the lessons that the staff at Coto take their job seriously and are members of a solid team."
- Robert Kingston, 31, Canada, Mechanical Engineer

"I love this school! I love small classes and the lovely teachers and my Japanese is improving so fast. This school is amazing!"
- Ana Nicole Vigueras, 18, America, College Student

"A brilliant and colourful place with a comfortable atmosphere that makes learning fun and easy, everyone is so brilliant I really look forward to coming to class and all the extra curricular activities."
- Micheal Rooney, 29, Scotland, Fitter Machinist

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ALPHA Japanese Language Institute

ALPHA Japanese Language Institute

Why ALPHA is so effective! Practical Japanese from daily conversation to business use.

ALPHA offers Japanese lessons at all levels, from beginner to advanced: for career, business and academic porpose, including daily and business conversation, exam preparation and company training. We offer small group or one-on-on lessons to meet the wide-ranging needs of each and every student. Our teachers are qualified and experienced with various social and international backgrounds. We are confident that you could find the teacher skilled in the certain area that you need. The new course, Premium Wednesday Course, starts in April, 2017. This is an evening conversation course while drinking alcohol. Of course there are non-alcohol drinks. Let's have fun studing Japanese!

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Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin, JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (JLI)

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin, JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (JLI)

NOW USING ORIGINAL TEXTBOOKS for Basic and Intermediate levels

NIHONGO EXPRESS, a two volume series, is for beginner-level learners who want to practice business conversation and learn basic grammar at the same time. The textbooks, which include rich illustrations to help students understand context, will enable learners to communicate smoothly with their Japanese coworkers and business counterparts.

Practical Japanese Conversation for Business People — Intermediate 1 is for intermediate-level learners. The textbook aims to build up students' communication speed with thorough conversation practice in practical business settings. Intermediate 2 is coming soon.

Both textbooks are also useful for daily situations such as traveling, shopping, or just enjoying conversations in Japanese.

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SAMU Language School

SAMU Language School

The characteristics of SAMU

#1 Japanese Language Education full of fun lessons & cultural activities! Various classes of more than 20 different levels and many optional classes for all students.

#2 Great Location! Two-minute walk from Shin-Okubo Station in Shinjuku, the center of Tokyo. Libraries, banks, post offices and public facilities are conveniently nearby. The best place to find part-time jobs.

#3 Many students from many countries! Students come from China, Korea, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Canada, the U.K., etc.

#4 Join in Alumni Meeting! A great opportunity to exchange information on various subjects.

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Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Blended Learning

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute began offering a cloud-based Japanese instruction service, Visual Learning Japanese (VLJ), for use by foreigners in cooperation with NTT Communications.

Featuring this method, NTT Communications developed cloud-based e-learning teaching materials so that students can learn Japanese easily. Our original teaching system "blended-learning," which is a combination of online and offline in-class lessons, allows students to learn the language more effectively. The applications for smartphones and tablets, and video clips for PCs enable students to access the content of the class at all times to practice and review the lessons whenever it is necessary, and which will result in faster acquisition of Japanese.

Why not come and visualize your Japanese at SNG?

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KAI Japanese Language School

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI:DLS
(Digital Learning System)
for better learning experience

KAI Japanese Language School is continually striving to embrace innovative modern learning techniques. With KAI:DLS (Digital Learning System), we're taking our biggest leap forward: our original materials have been transformed for a better learning experience. Students in the General Japanese Course are equipped with a mobile internet-connected, study-ready iPad for digital learning in and out of the classroom. KAI's original textbooks are provided as iBooks and the courses are organized in iTunesU. KAI:DLS provides a unique digital learning environment not found in other language schools. It improves learning speed and comprehension and we are committed to progressively enhancing the platform.